Michael Vick tops list of NFL’s most disliked players
Michael Vick has been on his best behavior lately.
More than four years after his 19-month stint in federal prison for his role in a dogfighting ring, Vick has stayed on the right side of the law, regaining his NFL career and many lucrative endorsement deals as well.
Heck, he’s even a dog owner again.
But none of that prevented the now-injured Philadelphia Eagles quarterback from landing in the top spot of Forbes.com’s list of the most disliked NFL players, based on the latest surveys from E-Poll Market Research.
The scientific surveys polled 1,100 people ages 13 and older, and 53% of them indicated dislike for Vick. According to Forbes, it’s more the casual fan, rather than the hardcore football junkies, who are having a hard time separating Vick from his controversial past.
The same problem may be plaguing Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (tied for fourth at 40%) and Detroit running back Reggie Bush (10th at 22%), both of whom have experienced off-field troubles in the past but nothing recently.
San Diego rookie Manti Te’o took second with 48% disapproval, with folks probably still suffering overload from his fake girlfriend ordeal at Notre Dame. Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who has a reputation as a dirty player, is No. 3 with 43% disapproval.
Rounding out the top five is injured and embattled New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, with 40% of those surveyed (probably all Jets fans) indicating dislike.
Quarterbacks fill in the rest of the spots in the top 10 -- Chicago’s Jay Cutler (33%), Dallas’ Tony Romo (32%), New England’s Tom Brady (25%) and Arizona’s Carson Palmer (24%), who just happens to be the third former USC player to make the list.
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